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In this highly competitive market, Charlotte still accommodates new players. If you are looking to build your own restaurant, start a franchise, or renovate an existing one, here are the top 15 restaurant contractors in the area that can help you. These contractors understand that the restaurant sector is one of the most detail-oriented and schedule-driven sectors, delivering each project on time and on point with every client’s needs. The members of this list were chosen based on a number of criteria, including awards, press coverage, number and quality of projects, company history, versatility in building style, web presence, and overall standing in the community.


#1: Gais Construction

General Contractor Magazines top pick is Gais ConstructionDenver-based Gais Construction began in the building industry creating high-end custom homes. After establishing a commercial division in 1990, it received much success and has continued in that market, specializing in brewery and restaurant construction, as well as medical, retail, and government. With its experience in the fine details that custom home building often demands, its edge is creating truly bespoke dining spaces with ambiances that effectively translate food. The firm is run by the Gais family, with father Lou bringing in more than 30 years of experience in construction. His sons Michael and Kevin join him on the team. Michael heads design, while Kevin is in charge of communications and management.

The firm has built locally and nationally acclaimed restaurants in North Carolina. The list includes Haberdish, named one of the South’s Best Restaurants and Best Bars in 2018 by Southern Living, and Charlotte’s Best Restaurant of 2017 by Thrillist. It also created the Cowfish branch in Raleigh, where it worked on an installation of a huge cylindrical acrylic fishtank for the filming of the Animal Planet show “Tanked.” Corkbuzz co-owner Frank Vafier hired the company to bring to life his niece’s idea for a restaurant. Master Sommelier Laura Maniec is one of about thirty female Master Sommeliers in the world, and at one point in time, was the youngest Master Sommelier. Gais up-fitted the Corkbuzz restaurant and wine room in upscale South Park. The formal setting exudes a luxurious lounge feel through its floor-to-ceiling windows and a full bar. Corkbuzz also has twolocations in New York City.


About Our Rankings

This list takes a range of ranking criteria into consideration, including but not limited to: work history, customer satisfaction, awards and recognition, geographic area of work, cost, building permits, andclientele. We spent over 40 hours researching local contractors before calculating the final ranking for this post.

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